Both the Amber and Devoto 09 Pinots quietly went through malo in December, have been tasting and pondering since, both are still moving targets. I’ve racked them once to pull them off some murky flavors. The Amber fruit however is clearly something great, like a tight dark musty dr pepper with mushrooms and nuts. I may pull it off oak early this year (April?) to really showcase the fruit. The Devoto is young, lean, spare, with just a hint of rustic loam/earth. Have been tasting it on its own and with a 5-10% mix of Amber fruit (which would require it being a Russian River AVA designate, rather than the more specific Green Valley of Russian River), both have their merits; I find my opinion changes slightly depending on lunch… Back in to taste further next week before Crushpad moves it’s operations to Napa.
It was great to meet everyone at the 7 on Locust summer celebration! We’re happy to announce that future Wait Cellars wine orders and club shipments may be picked up at 7 on Locust during normal store hours — a very nice option if you’re generally north of the bridge and want to save on shipping cost, footprint, and receiving hassle. Plus a great opportunity to regularly check out the fascinating creative directions taking shape at this unique boutique. Many thanks to Elena, Nadine, Elizabeth, Wendy, and the rest of the 7oL crew!